Caries is the most common oral pathology during childhood. One of the main causes is sugar, since during this stage the continuous consumption of sweets is common.
What is the key to avoid childhood caries?
To carry out a good prevention. In the case of the youngest children, caries occurs in the milk teeth, also known as the first dentition. These are a set of twenty teeth that are gradually replaced by the permanent teeth. Thus, the treatment of caries can vary depending on whether the affected tooth is a baby tooth or a permanent tooth. In fact, according to several experts, developing complications in baby teeth increases the chances of having oral problems in the future.
How to prevent childhood caries?
To prevent childhood caries there are several steps to follow from a very early age:
- Dental education: having a good dental education is the key to good prevention. Children should be made aware of the importance of taking care of their oral health, as well as the consequences of not doing so. In order to achieve this, it is as important the techniques inculcated by their peers as the advice and check-ups by the pediatric dentist.
- Oral hygiene routine: on many occasions the little ones relate oral hygiene as a punishment or as something boring. The best thing to do is to consider brushing as something necessary and fun; a trick to achieve this is to practice hygiene as a family.
- Importance of fluoride: this mineral is a great ally in the prevention of childhood caries. Fluoride strengthens the enamel and helps protect it from the erosion of acids that generate caries.
- Visiting the pediatric dentist: regular visits to the pediatric dentist are very important for several reasons: otherwise we prevent the child from developing fear of the consultation, which is known as odontophobia.